From water bottles to Haribo packets, Britain has faced food shortages on multiple products over the past few weeks. With more Britons staying at home this summer than ever before, demand on food and drink items has soared, including ice cream.
Yesterday, one customer shared a video of empty freezers at Tesco, accompanied by the caption: “I think it’s warm in the UK. This is the ice cream selection in Tesco this evening.”
Another person wrote: “The ice cream section at my Tesco is empty.”
One person added: “Tesco completely out of ice cream. Freedom Day my arse.”
However, a Tesco spokesperson commented: “We have good availability of ice cream across our stores.
One customer added: “I didn’t take pics, but Morrisons Devizes had empty shelves all over the store. Added to that, it took 20 minutes to pay as only three tills open.”
A Morrisons spokesperson commented: “During the recent heat wave we have seen a real surge in ice-cream sales and our teams are working hard to restock the shelves as quickly as possible.”
Some Sainsbury’s stores across the country also seem to be having the same problem.
One shopper said: “Sun’s out, runs out.”
Another customer wrote: “Was in Sainsbury’s on Saturday, only empty sections were lager and ice cream.”
One person added: “This nothing new, it’s been gradually getting worse of late. Sainsbury’s have modular boxes to fill empty shelves. There’s much less choice and often fresh produce has all gone. We know the cause of course, it’s Brexit. I’m sure Gov will blame Covid. How convenient!!”
This is not the first time British supermarkets have been faced with bare shelves.
Last month, leaders in the food and supply chain industries warned of missed deliveries due to a shortage of drivers.
At the time, Richard Burnett, CEO of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) said shops were “weeks away” from empty shelves.
The pandemic, among other issues, is to blame as many EU citizens working in the UK have returned to their native countries.